Plant ID forum: Is this something I want?

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Aug 14, 2014 9:21 PM CST

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This sprang up right in the middle of a petunia. I let it grow because I had some plants from Annie's Annuals in these containers last year and I was hoping one of them had reseeded. So far, though, it hasn't produced anything but leaves.

It's possible that everyone else will know this is a weed and I'll look quite foolish, but I don't have a single other plant on my property that resembles this one, and weeds rarely travel alone.

So, is it something good or is it a weed? Have I nurtured it for good reason or have I merely offered aid and comfort to the enemy?

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Aug 14, 2014 9:49 PM CST
Looks like it could be a Primula to me.
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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Aug 14, 2014 11:57 PM CST
I think it could be Dipsacus fullonum Zuzu, and if it is , than it would bloom next year.


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Common Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Aug 15, 2014 1:14 AM CST

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I think you're right, Myriam, and I don't think it's anything I want to keep. Smiling
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Aug 15, 2014 2:38 AM CST
Thanks everyone.I have this too and have been pulling it as a weed.
Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Aug 15, 2014 6:26 AM CST
It is a beautiful architectural plant though and very valuable for wildlife, but true it self-seeds everywhere and probably is best used in large areas! Rolling my eyes.
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Aug 15, 2014 8:10 AM CST

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It perhaps shouldn't be used in North America at all. It's classified as a noxious weed in several states and is generally considered to be ecologically invasive wherever it occurs.

It'd be a different situation in Europe, of course, since it's from there.
Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Aug 15, 2014 8:50 AM CST
I see what you mean Kent! Smiling

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